Waxahachie Family Dentist Helps Patients Avoid a Dental Emergency

Many Americans face dental emergencies each day of the year. While some of them are caused by neglect, others are a result of accident or sports injuries. To keep your teeth in tip-top shape, here are some ways to avoid dental emergencies.
 
Oral Hygiene
 
Take the time to brush and floss as your dentist recommended. Many dental emergencies are simply the result of neglect, so you can avoid many mishaps by caring for your teeth now. A good oral health care routine consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once each day and visiting your dentist every six months. Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your gums.
 
Wear a Mouthguard
 
If you play any contact sports, it’s essential that you protect your teeth with a mouthguard. Sports injuries create dental emergencies all the time, but they are avoidable. You can get a mouthguard at the drugstore, but the better option is to have the dentist custom make one to fit your mouth.
 
Be Careful With What Goes in Your Mouth
 
It’s important to watch what you are chewing on. Teeth often get broken from popcorn kernels, ice and hard candy. Don’t ever bite into something hard and crunchy. In addition, your teeth are not tools, so don’t use them as such. They were never equipped to open food packages or crack nuts. Pick up the right tools to get the job done and protect your teeth.
 
Don’t Ignore Dental Issues
 
If you have increased sensitivity, a toothache or any other strange ailment, don’t neglect it. Most dental problems are easily treatable if they are caught early enough. Allowing them to continue only prolongs the inevitable and makes it worse. Having a simple procedure today is going to save you time and money over having an extensive treatment later.
 
Your teeth are precious and need to be treated that way. You’ll only have one set of permanent teeth so it’s your job to do everything in your power to protect them. Talk to your Waxahachie family dentist if you need further guidance about dental emergencies. Call Morgan Dentistry today at (469) 773-4075 to schedule your next appointment.
 

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